Divide and Conquer: Russia’s War on Western Democracy

First posted 10/17/2016 as “I Like Ike”

The GOP ‘establishment’ bemoans our divided Nation as its Right Wing
PACS produce political ads designed to frighten and enrage its base.

Last night I posted a montage made of images from ’13’, a documentary by director, Ava DuVernay.

The montage is mix of modern and archival footage of brutality against people of color and civil rights activists that plays out as Donald Trump speaks wistfully of the good old days.

In that spirit I thought I would juxtapose two very different political ads produced by the GOP.

Below is a political ad made in the ‘Good Old Days’.

I’m sure there are plenty of people still alive who remember this ad.

The year is 1952.

The ad is for Eisenhower

screenshot from a 1952 political ad for Dwight D. Eisenhower that shpws three stupid looking donkeys standing behind a fence
I don’t know what this image says about Democrats but whatever it is it doesn’t say evil.

Donald Trump might remember this ad; he was six when the ad came out.

Hillary Clinton was four.

The ad was produced by Roy Disney and Citizens for Eisenhower-Nixon.

Its target audience is the post war working class:

screenshot from a 1952 ad for Dwight D. Eisenhower
Economically diverse groups of people like ‘Ike’



The ad below was made after the first presidential debate of 2016.

Screen shot from a September 26th 2016 political ad released by the GOP PAC, Future 45 which shows Isis hostages just before execution.
Screen shot from a September 26th 2016 political ad released by the GOP PAC Future 45

It is funded by a Right Wing PAC with a curious name: Future 45.

Future 45 describes itself as follows: “Future 45 is an independent organization devoted to educating voters about the challenges facing our country as they prepare to elect the 45th President of the United States.

Screen shot from a September 26th 2016 political ad released by the GOP PAC Future 45 that continues to promote the discredited Benghazi Scandal
Screen shot from a September 26th 2016 political ad released by the GOP PAC Future 45.

Our next president will shape the Supreme Court in a way that will influence the direction of our nation for decades to come. The strength of our economy and the security of our nation depend upon electing a strong, proven leader.

A photo of Hillary Clinton and Vladimir Putin that is faked
Neither of these two people are in the same room.

While Donald Trump is a proven businessman with a plan to reignite our economy and recover American strength through peace, Hillary Clinton is a politician following the Obama model that has landed us in a fragile economy with slow growth feeling less safe than ever.

Americans understand this and are speaking up”

The Obama model that has landed us in a fragile economy with slow growth feeling less safe than ever?

The sentence reads like it makes sense but upon closer examination it’s says nothing.

We are in a fragile economy that feels less safe than ever.

Who made this ad? Putin?

The ad was published September 27, 2016

It aired on the following stations:

CNNW 8
KMGH (ABC) 3
WCVB (ABC) 3
WMUR (ABC) 2
KNXV (ABC) 2
KTNV (ABC) 3
WEWS (ABC) 3
KCRG (ABC) 3
KGO (ABC) 3
WISN (ABC) 3
KPHO (CBS) 1
KPIX (CBS) 1
KLAS (CBS) 1
KGAN (CBS) 1
WPVI (ABC) 3
KCNC (CBS) 1
WOIO (CBS) 1
MSNBCW 1
WTMJ (NBC) 1
WFTS (ABC) 1
FOXNEWSW 1
FBC 2

all Materials found on the Internet Archives

Further Reading:

Trump Is Borrowing Putin’s Media Playbook

How False Equivalence Is Distorting the 2016 Election Coverage

Isolation and Propaganda: The Roots and Instruments of Russia’s Disinformation Campaign

Updated 5/31/2017 to include this RNC ad released November 1st, 2016 after the FBI was rumored to have re-opened the Email Investigation.

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A Gilded Throne of Lies – The Russian War on Truth

First posted 1/02/2017

In this post I offer a screenshot timeline of the disinformation campaign
against Hillary Clinton from June through November of 2016,  though
GOP smears against her go back decades.

This post was first published as A Gilded Throne of Lies: The Right-
Wing War on Truth.

I’ve changed the title to illustrate what the U.S. government confirms
as fact: Russia attacked the United States with a new form of
propaganda spread by new technologies.

“Russian disinformation takes its roots from the Soviet dezinformatsiya, which consisted of operations aimed at influencing opinion in the West through fakes and forged ‘disinformation’. 

in Russia, press freedom has been very limited.

The tradition of opposition media was totally annihilated during the communist era and despite the hopes for the development of free media environment after the collapse of the USSR, Russia has followed the path of heavy propaganda. Recently, a new global strategy has been set in motion, linked to the notion of soft power.

President Putin himself recognized the concept of weaponisation of information.  In a 2014 interview, he declared: “The rapid progress of electronic media has made news reporting enormously important and turned it into a formidable weapon that enables public opinion manipulations. The intense media warfare has become a mark of the times, when certain nations attempt to monopolize the truth and use it in their own interests”. Since then, the so-called “weaponisation of the information” has become an essential tool of Russian foreign policy, and several specialists acknowledged that Russia has been using information as a weapon. The term “information warfare” was coined a while ago, taking its roots in the Cold War and the rise of communication technologies, however, “weaponisation of information” appears to be a rather new phenomenon.

Russian propaganda has evolved in sophistication, intensity, reach and impact.

Russian efforts are carefully orchestrated, thoughtfully targeted, generously funded and professionally produced.

The truth is not important and there is a strong sense of relativism.

The Kremlin exploits the idea that the ‘truth’ is a lost cause and that reality is essentially malleable.”

from To inform, or disinform: Russia’s new propaganda war

In simple terms, weaponised disinformation is the use of mass media to subvert reality to such a degree that the people are no longer able to trust their own perceptions.

Russian Disinformation as a weapon works to erode the trust between the
people and their institutions.

This trust is essential to the success of free and open democracies.

If you want to bring down American Democracy, the best way is to erode the people’s faith in reason and the Rule of Law.

Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals that Hillary Clinton has Double Agents at Fox News!
Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals that Hillary Clinton has Double Agents at Fox News!



The result of this attack against the United States was that false allegations based on a daily leak of unverified rumors about Hillary Clinton dominated the media despite video taped evidence of Donald Trump bragging about his sexual assaults on women.

Despite the revelation that he has not paid taxes in decades.

Despite accusations of the rape of a child.

Despite his own demonstrable lack of insight, qualifications, and
fitness to be President.

Even now, as our government attempts to assess the damage of this attack, Trump’s team argues that President Obama’s sanctions against Russia are excessive.

Screenshot of Trump's Press Secretary saying that Obama's sanctions against Russia are excessive
Trump’s Team seeks to normalize the disinformation campaign launched by Russia to place Trump in the White House.

The incoming President doesn’t think an attack on our political process
is a big deal.

How did this happen?

Let’s review a timeline on Russia’s 2016 assault on reality that gave the
Presidency to Donald Trump.

There is no evidence for any of the accusations made against Clinton
or the Democrats in the clippings below.

Screenshot of fox news reports that Obama would sign martial law before election
June 11, 2016 Click to enlarge
sceenshot of house probe into bengazi
July 8th-Click to enlarge

 

screenshot of house probe into Clinton Perjury
July 8th -Click to Enlarge

 

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July 11, 2016 Click to enlarge
screen shot from yahoo news reporting on Clinton's email
July 11, 2016 Click to enlarge
Screenshot of fox news explains why FBI director comey should have jailed hillary clinton
July 20, Krautheimer reads FBI Director Comey’s Mind
screenshot August 11, 2013 Tweet from Trump
August 11, 2013 Tweet from Trump

 

August 13 Yahoo News Report
August 13 Yahoo News Report

 

August 14, 2016 screnshot of The Allen West Website-Click to Enlarge
August 14, 2016 The Allen West Website-Click to Enlarge
August 15, 2016 Screenshot from Yahoo News. Click to enlarge
August 15, 2016 Screenshot from Yahoo News. Click to enlarge
Screenshot from MS bing
August 19th Screenshot from MS Bing

 

August 20th, 2016 - Yahoo News Screenshot
August 20th, 2016 – Yahoo News Screenshot – Click to enlarge

 

Screenshot of a wikileak accusing Clinton of ordering a hit
August 20th, 2016 click to enlarge

 

screenshot of google results regarding Clinton's Health
August 20, 2016 — Clinton’s Health – Click to enlarge

 

 

Screenshot from MS Bing Political News
August 29, MS Bing Political News

 

September 21, Clinton's Body Double
September 21, Clinton’s Body Double

 

Screenshot of a report about a GOP congreessman who says that people on minumum wage will spend their money on drugs
September 30th, 2016

 

Twitter Screenshot of wikileak headline claiming Hillary sold weapons
October 1st, 2016

 

Screenshot of commentary on a CNN article that says Jews are Responsible for the White Genocide
October 10th, Jews are Responsible for the White Genocide – Click to Enlarge

 

October 11, 2016 - Click to Enlarge
October 11, 2016 – Click to Enlarge

 

Screenshot from October 11, 2016
October 11 2016 Click to Enlarge

 

Screen shot from State of the Nation
October 13, 2016

 

Screenshot October 21st, 2016 Click to Enalrge
October 21st, 2016 Click to Enlarge

 

Screenshot of October 21, 2016 headline about Hillary Clinton's Email
October 21, 2016

 

screenshot from Yahoo headline about Hillary's email gate scandal
October 21, 2016-Click to enlarge

 

Screenshot of an online poll asking if Hillary Clinton should be arrested
October 21, Should Hillary be Arrested
October 25th 2016 - Sean Hannity
October 25th 2016 – Sean Hannity
Screenshot of October 25th 2016
October 25th 2016

 

Screenshot of October 25th Hannity offers to send Obama back to Kenya
October 25th
screenshot October 26th, 2016
October 26th, 2016

 

Screenshot October 26, The FBI Announces it will investigate Clinton's email
October 26, The FBI Announces it will investigate Clinton’s email

 

Screenshot October 28, Yahoo Headline
October 28, Yahoo Headline

 

 

Screenshot October 28 MSNBC Headline
October 28, 2016 MSNBC Headline

 

Screenshot October 28 Daily News
October 28, Daily News
Screenshot October 28
October 28,
Screenshot October 29th FBI has no warrant
October 29th FBI has no warrant

 

Screenshot Trump tells supporters to vote twice
October 30th, the election was in fact rigged, but not against Mr. Trump.

 

October 30th, Hillary Clinton linked to child sex scandal
October 30th, Hillary Clinton linked to child sex scandal

 

Screenshot October 30 Twitter meme
October 30 Twitter meme

 

October 30, Fox new
October 30, Fox News
Screenshot October 31
October 31

 

Screenshot November 2nd, Fox Reporter Announces that Clinton will be Indicted
November 2nd, Fox Reporter Announces that Clinton will be Indicted

 

Screenshot of November 4th, Fox News Host apologizes for false indictment story
November 4th, Fox News Host apologizes for false indictment story
November 6, Clinton cleared again
November 6, Clinton cleared again

 

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Disinformation: The Use of Ignorance to Steal Votes

Check this political ad released by the GOP in March 2016 at the
bottom of the post.

Notice how it makes you feel.

Does it make you feel anxious?

Does it make you feel threatened?

Notice that the ad assumes you’re ignorant.

Screebshot of a political Ad released by the GOP that claims that Obama is trying to secure his 'lawless' Presidency by nominating a replacement for justice Scalia
Screenshot from a March 2016 Political Ad released by the RNC

Do you know that your President has a constitutional obligation  to make nominations to the Supreme Court?

Do you think that by doing his job President Barack Obama wants to silence
your voice as a Citizen?

Do you know that when you vote for your State Representatives you are sending your voice to Congress?

A political ad like this has no impact on the vote of an informed citizen.

For the uninformed this GOP ad campaign is an attack that uses ignorance
to steal votes.

This ad would not persuade someone with a basic understanding of the U.S. Constitution to vote Republican.

The GOP specifically targets the uninformed.

There is no shame in being ignorant.

The shame is on those who know better and prey on it.

The political ad is from the political archives of the Internet Archives.

 

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